Audiobook Review: The Maze Cutter by James Dashner

Title: The Maze Cutter
Author: James Dashner
Genre: YA Sci-Fi
Publication Date: October 4th, 2022
Publisher: Akashic Media Enterprises
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐

Thank you to the publisher and netgalley for a complimentary audiobook to review! All opinions are my own.

“Seventy-three years after the events of The Death Cure, when Thomas and other immunes were sent to an island to survive the Flare-triggered apocalypse, their descendants have thrived. Sadina, Isaac, and Jackie all learned about the unkind history of the Gladers from The Book of Newt and tall tales from Old Man Frypan, but when a rusty old boat shows up one day with a woman bearing dark news of the mainland–everything changes. The group and their islander friends are forced to embark back to civilization where they find Cranks have evolved into a more violent, intelligent version of themselves. The islanders are hunted by the Godhead, the Remnant Nation, and scientists with secret agendas. When they cross paths with an orphan named Minho from the Remnant Nation, the dangers become real and they don’t know who they can trust. The islanders will have to survive long enough to figure out why they are being targeted, who is friend or foe, and what the Godhead has planned for the future of humanity.” (Goodreads)

I didn’t even know there was going to be a whole different series set in the same world but in the future. I remember really enjoying the original and so when I saw this on Netgalley I figured why not!

The book is told from multiple point-of-views. I wouldn’t say that one was more thrilling to read about than the others. At times the point-of-views were kind of bland and it felt like I didn’t get to know the characters that well. I would say that the book is more plot driven than character. I like a bit of both or more character driven.

It was interesting to be back in this world. It felt a bit different but also the same in some ways. The world building was fine but I do feel like I was missing something when it came to the cult and everyone’s plans. I don’t think it was entirely explained well but I am assuming there will be more answers as the series continue. The pacing could definitely be slow at times.

I did like the narration for this book and thought it was well done.

Overall, it was good. I wouldn’t say it was as good as the original but it wasn’t bad.

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